Kenneth “KC” Ham, aka DJ Kreations, is a 28 year old audiophile from Kansas City who has always loved music. He grew up playing the drums in a band, then joined some bands, tried recording, and moved on to DJing. He has a love for music that he enjoys sharing with people. Read on and get to know more about your fellow DJ.
1. How and when did you get started as a DJ? What types of events do you do?
While attending college at Missouri State University, I happen to play music and supply audio equipment during a large mansion party. There happen to be several promoters, as well as bar and club managers, in attendance who asked me to start working at their venues. After college, I moved back to the Kansas City area and started a career as a video editor. As my college friends started getting married, I was asked to work their receptions. This lead to more and more business and developed into what it is today. I do a lot of wedding receptions, private parties and corporate and non-profit events
2. Is this a full-time job or something you do on the side?
I have always worked the technical side of events including theater, live event, film, TV and some radio. DJing started taking up too much of my time so I have since made it my full-time job.
3. What fixtures are included in your setup?
My setup includes the following CHAUVET® fixtures: COLORdash Batten, Double Derby X, Derby X, two LED Techno Strobe strobe lights, one Hurricane 1100 and DMX-4 LED. I am looking to add a blue or purple laser and two more LED Techno Strobe strobe lights to my collection. I would also like to update all of my dance effect lights.
4. What is your favorite fixture and why?
My favorite fixture has always been the COLORdash Batten because of its size, output and versatility. I use this fixture the same way most DJs use a group of PAR can-style fixtures. It is programmed to chase and run programs. The output of the COLORdash Batten is amazing — it replaced all of my PARs so I only use one fixture on a light tree. Depending on the size of the event, I might add some additional fixtures to keep up with it.
5. Best advice you can give someone just getting started in the DJ industry?
Don’t cheap out on used, out-of-date equipment. These days, equipment is cheap enough that you can constantly add as your income allows you to. I wasted a lot of money changing equipment, so do your research, get quality equipment, and take care of it because it will take care of you.